Grand Carousel — Place de la Concorde

Winter time in Paris is always festive, but to experience the city from on high in the heart of Paris, go visit La grande Roue — the Great Ferris Wheel – at Place de la Concorde.  Towering the size of a football field, La grand Roue comfortably fits 6-8 people in a single chariot (seat), and offers some of the best views of the city.  Situated at the entrance of Jardin des Tuileries, it is also close the the Christmas Market on the Avenue des Champs-Elysees.  Read More »

Brocante-Eglise d’Auteuil (December 6 and 7)

IMGP3765.JPGFor one of the better brocante shows to look for silver, fine china, goblets of Baccarat, antique necklaces, old framed art pieces and other fine brocante pieces, visit Eglise d’Auteuil in the posh 16th Arrondissement the weekend of December 6 and 7.  Saturday and Sunday only, over 90 antique and brocante vendors will be lined up at the Eglise d’Auteuil metro.   Who knows what treasures you might find here, but you are guaranteed to find some excellent artifacts without having to go all the way to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen.  Last time I was here items for sale included art deco period furniture pieces, women’s furs, and old LPs (45s).  Eglise d’Auteuil metro stop (Ligne 10) is also close to other shops, cafes and restaurants on or near Rue d’Auteuil.

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Wild Mushrooms In Paris

IMGP1835.JPGThis is the time of year for fresh wild mushrooms in Paris.  The  marchés have mounds of fresh mushrooms for sale.  The best ones are girolles (what Americans call chantrelles) and cepes — big, meaty mushrooms the size of baseballs. Read More »

Beaujolais Festival In Paris

IMGP2287.jpgOn November 20, Parisians and the world celebrate the arrival of 2013′s Beaujolais by uncorking the season’s fresh and juicy crop. Restaurants, cafes, bars and brasseries all share in the celebration.

Some of our favorite places to join in the celebration include Willie’s Wine Bar, Gallopin, Le Select, Au Pied de Cochon and La Chaumette. Read More »

Thanksgiving in Paris

IMGP3222.JPGThanksgiving in Paris is like Bastille Day in the United States:  an ordinary weekday that tradition has turned into a day to celebrate with family, friends, great food and great wine.  If you are lucky enough to be in Paris during this holiday, preparation is key, as you need to plan ahead and order your turkey from the butcher a few days in advance. Read More »

Halloween In Paris

IMGP1616.JPGHalloween remains a novelty in Paris.  Except for chocolate shops, few stores decorate for the holiday.  Pumpkins are for eating, not carving Jack-O-Lanterns, though if you don’t mind spending 15 or so Euros for a medium-sized pumpkin (gigantic by French standards), you can find some pumpkins at the marché or in some pumpkin patches out in the farmlands near Versailles.  Gobs of candy bags are not to be seen lining store shelves, and there is no trick or treating as you need the security code to get into an apartment building (so you must plan ahead and know who you are visiting). Read More »